In 1967, Kennedy Krieger Institute became the nation’s first University Affiliated Program (now known as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research, and Service, or UCEDD). It serves today as a model for similar programs throughout the country. It is affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University and is located close to the Johns Hopkins medical campus in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Licensed for 70 inpatient beds and with more than 55 outpatient specialty clinics, Kennedy Krieger serves as a training and research center for hundreds of healthcare providers, including physicians, psychologists and allied health professionals. We take an interdisciplinary team approach to diagnosing and treating complex neurological disorders and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Kennedy Krieger is committed to racial equity and social justice. At Kennedy Krieger, we challenge ourselves to use trauma-informed, anti-racist, evidence-based practices, and to promote inclusiveness, racial representation and healing.

Employment at Kennedy Krieger Institute is contingent upon being vaccinated for COVID-19.  Documentation will be required.  Requests for a religious or medical exemption, pregnancy or intent to become pregnant may be granted.  Requests for such exemptions must be submitted through the appropriate channels.

Administrative Structure:

Drs. Shelley McDermott and Alison Pritchard are the co-directors of Training for the postdoctoral residency program in child clinical psychology. The postdoctoral program is based in the Department of Neuropsychology. Drs. Cynthia Salorio and Alison Prichard are the department’s co-directors. Dr. Lisa Jacobson is the director of research. Dr. Beth Slomine serves as the senior psychologist and oversees psychology training in the Department of Neuropsychology, Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™, formerly known as the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, or CARD), Center for Developmental Behavioral Health and the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress. Dr. Miya Asato is the vice president of training and directs the nationally recognized Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Program at the Institute, which provides graduate level, interdisciplinary training to clinicians with an interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities.  

All training supervisors in the child clinical psychology postdoctoral training program have extensive clinical experience in child clinical psychology and developmental disabilities. Several core training supervisors hold academic faculty appointments through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Fostering Leadership:

The child clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship is designed to create leaders in the field of psychology. Through didactic learning opportunities and clinical experiences, our fellows acquire valuable skills in evidence-based practices, independent research, teaching, supervision, advocacy and training.

Fellows have opportunities to present at Institute-sponsored seminars and at local, national and international conferences. All fellows have opportunities to participate in teaching and training activities within the Department of Neuropsychology. Fellows also have the opportunity to gain experience in supervising graduate students.


The child clinical psychology fellowship begins each year on Sept. 1. The stipend for first-year residents is consistent with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PGY1 stipend, which is currently at least $54,840. Residents receive appointments through The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kennedy Krieger Institute provides individual health insurance benefits. Spouse and family coverage is also available. In addition, Johns Hopkins Medicine University Health Services offers comprehensive ambulatory medical care for fellows and their dependents, with services provided by faculty and professional staff members. Fellows receive a minimum of 15 days off each year of their fellowship for vacation and one week of professional/conference time per year. Support for travel and professional conferences is provided. All fellows are given individual office space, including a computer with online access to The Johns Hopkins University’s medical library system and online full-text access to university journal subscriptions. A full range of scoring programs, dictation software and statistical packages is maintained in the Department of Neuropsychology.